Dr. Lia C. Howard (PhD, MA) is a delegate at 1791 Delegates where she integrates her political science research with First Amendment education projects.
She currently is a Non-Resident Senior Affiliate at the Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society (PRUCCS) and also a Senior Fellow at the Robert A. Fox Leadership Program both at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also a Non Resident Scholar at Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR).
She is the former Executive Director of the Philadelphia Commons Institute where she also served as a Professor of Political Science and Liberal Studies in the Templeton Honors College at Eastern University. Prior to Philadelphia Commons, she taught American Politics in the Political Science Department at Saint Joseph’s University. Dr. Howard was also a Critical Writing Fellow and taught in the Political Science Department at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Howard’s current research interests center around civic discourse in the U.S. and way citizens negotiate their multiple identities during discourse. The First Amendment intersects in interesting ways with this line of research especially in terms of religion and politics. She studies federalism and political culture and the influence they wield over public policy, especially public education. Finally, Dr. Howard is also is interested in institutional wellness, urban politics and placemaking, American political ideals and institutions, and women in politics.
Dr. Howard studied English and French as an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her MA and Ph.D. in Political Science also from the University of Pennsylvania. She lives in the Philadelphia area with her husband, the Reverend Dr. Chaz Lattimore Howard and their three daughters.